Guest blogger Josh Wesalo '13 writes, "The Clinic humbles all who set foot inside. Students shadowing there fall speechless at the sight of tragic diseases, but take away a bit of scientific understanding and an appreciation for patient, dedicated doctoring. Medical practitioners from all over the country come away in awe of the Clinic’s simple, cheap solutions to complex problems. Visiting scientists are overjoyed to shake hands with the patients and families that imbue their daily work with meaning. Those of us who work there feel humble before the families we meet, who care lovingly for their special children each day . . ."
I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion on the ways to ensure success in the first weeks of a new job. The panelists were members of F&M’s Leadership Council who provided a wealth of insightful advice and wisdom for graduates (and others) who may be in the midst of transitioning to a new professional role.
I can blather on as a pre-health advisor until I’m blue in the face, encouraging and cajoling and policing the every move of our students as they prepare for lives after college as doctors, PAs, dentists, vets, PTs, nurses, and the like, but no advice is more powerful than the advice coming from someone who has traveled down the path just ahead of you. Alumni have a potent impact on how pre-health students view the professions they are intending to enter. As a College and as Health Professions Advising at OSPGD, we have made some real strides this year to engage the alumni in healthcare . . .
. . . If you don’t worry about uttering perfect sentences but rather dive into a draft bravely, knowing that you will go through many drafts before you’re done; if you actually do revise many times (and allow enough time to do this); and if you have someone you trust read your work for tone, typos, and grammar, you will maximize the impression you make on this crucial part of your application to health professional school. Remember, the overall objectives for the personal statement are to tell them something in-depth that they do not learn from another part of your application, and ultimately to make them want to invite you for an interview. Reveal something meaningful and unique about yourself, and leave them wanting to know more . . .